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Stonemason

Par | 2018-02-25T19:05:30+00:00 17 mai 2013|Catégories : Blog|

 

Outside the Ecole des Hospitalières St Gervais, Paris, a plaque
com­me­mo­rates 165 Jewish chil­dren depor­ted in 1942.

 

He takes his slab of quar­ried stone
mea­sures it, cuts to size,
etches the ins­crip­tion.
No space for names,
just the num­bers : one-six-five.
Crystal frag­ments spill like tears
around his bench, as tungs­ten
chips the kee­ning marble,
stut­te­ring ham­mer-head on steel
echoes through the silence
for­cing truth from its rocky bed,
ash-white dust clings to his fin­gers
as he sands and buffs the fine Carrara
smooth as a lip’s caress on infant skin.